12 days in Cairns & Port Douglas Itinerary

12 days in Cairns & Port Douglas Itinerary

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12 days in Cairns & Port Douglas Itinerary

Start: Cairns
1
Cairns
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
End: Cairns

8
nights
Cairns

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Josephine Falls and Tablelands, Waterfalls, and Spanish Castle. Escape the urban bustle at Safaris and Four Mile Beach. Relax by the water at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas & Agincourt Reef), Daintree National Park (in Cape Tribulation) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, have fun at Muddy's Playground, identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge, and have some family-friendly fun at Cairns Kart Hire Track.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Cairns driving holiday planner.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Cairns. In November, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Centenary Lakes - Cairns Botanic Gardens, Trinity Beach, Cairns Kart Hire Track
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

3
nights
Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kayaking & Canoeing as well as Scuba & Snorkeling. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): take a memorable tour with Tours and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Daintree Discovery Centre and then kick back and relax at Myall Beach.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in November, and nighttime lows around 26°C. On the 27th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure

Side Trips

Daintree Discovery Centre, Kayaking & Canoeing, Myall Beach
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 27:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Kayaking & Canoeing

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